I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Published by Simon & Schuster UK on January 29, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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From the bestselling author of If I Stay - this summer's YA blockbuster film.
This characteristically powerful novel follows eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend's shocking suicide.
As Cody numbly searches for answers as to why Meg took her own life, she begins a journey of self-discovery which takes her to a terrifying precipice, and forces her to question not only her relationship with the Meg she thought she knew, but her own understanding of life, love, death and forgiveness.
A phenomenally moving story, I Was Here explores the sadly all-too-familiar issue of suicide and self-harm, addressing it in an authentic way with sensitivity and honesty.
I Was Here explores family, friendship, love, and forgiveness as Cody battles with her confusion and anger over her friend’s decision to end her life, determined to solve the mystery over the why. Why did Meg commit suicide, until Cody is consumed in the desire to find out. Her attempts to uncover what happened will lead her on a dangerous road.
Throughout, there is afocus on the guilt and the unknown. Should Cody have seen the signs? Why couldn’t she have stopped it from happening? And finally, why didn’t her friend confide in her? Cody feels so confused that really I just wanted to reach into the book and give her a big hug and tell her everything works out in its own time.
I found myself so caught up in the story that it was a shock to come to the end. I Was Here is a beautifully written story and one that is not to be missed!